On the Little Big Horn or Custer's Last Stand (1909)

The order of disarmament, issued in the Winter of 1S74, and the arrest of "Rain in the Face" by young Tom Custer, is shown in our first three scenes. Then, "two years later," we witness the... See full summary »


Francis Boggs (as Frank Boggs)


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Hobart Bosworth
Betty Harte
Frank Walsh Frank Walsh


The order of disarmament, issued in the Winter of 1S74, and the arrest of "Rain in the Face" by young Tom Custer, is shown in our first three scenes. Then, "two years later," we witness the arrival of General Custer at Post Fort Lincoln. An order superseding him in command of the expedition is received. Then follows a scene where the officers beg him not to trust "Reno" with an important command, as it was known in the army that bad blood existed between these two officers. A bit of unwritten history is here introduced. The Commander of the Post, Col. Godfrey, had a pretty daughter, Dollie, who was in love with Lieut. Glenn, one of Custer's subalterns, and she, not relishing being separated from her sweetheart, inadvertently learned that there was to be an officer sent back to bring forward a supply train as soon as the General located the Indians. She makes a written request asking the General to send back Lieut. Glenn. The love interest bearing upon the lives of these two young ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

25 November 1909 (USA) See more »

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Custer's Last Stand See more »

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Production Co:

Selig Polyscope Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The cast includes three Sioux who were present at the actual event in 1876 that the film is based on. The producer had hoped to gain historical information from them, but said later that "the most we could get out of them was that the fight was over so quickly that they could remember little about it." See more »

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Sufficiently accurate to satisfy the ordinary observer
24 January 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This enterprising house has produced a picture which has all the accuracy of history as far as essentials go, and has graphically illustrated Custer's last stand on the Little Big Horn, when his entire command was killed by the Sioux Indians. With it is woven a love story, which, while perhaps not wholly accurate, is not impossible, and it gives a touch of tenderness to the otherwise stern and bloody pictures which makes it all the more attractive. The picture is worked out with all the rush and dash which make Selig's Western pictures so interesting. Without undertaking to note the details of the picture, it is, perhaps, sufficient to say that they are sufficiently accurate to satisfy the ordinary observer, and that is the main feature. The moving picture audience wants action, and these exhibitions of headlong bravery are thrilling enough to bring rounds of applause. The picture will be a factor in maintaining Selig's reputation for films of this character, and is being billed as a headliner with success. - The Moving Picture World, December 4, 1909

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